Process can also be used to describe the court system. Unfortunately, it appears as though very soon four University of Alabama football players will be intimately involved with that latter process.
From CBS 42
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has reports of four members of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team being arrested on Monday night. The four players are; Brent Calloway, Eddie Williams, Dennis "D.J." Pettway, and Tyler Hayes. The four have been arrested on charges of second degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.
Ed note: Pretty sweet mugshots, too.
From the preliminary reports, it seems as though the four were accomplices in a second degree robbery, with at least two persons, Brent Calloway and Eddie Williams, being implicated in using stolen plastic. DJ Pettway and Tyler Hayes was also charged with armed robbery. Of the four, Calloway was the only one not charged with the principal robbery offense, he "just" fraudulently used a credit/debit card.
CAVEAT: An arrest is not a conviction, and these four retain the presumption of innocence in the court system. That said, the due process involved in stripping a scholarship or failing to renew the one-year contracts is a very, very different matter from guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. IF this is even remotely true, all four have likely seen their last days on Campus.
Personnel-wise, it's not a good thing either, particularly in the linebacking corps:
- Pettway was a backup Jack LB in 2012 and was expected to contribute heavily or start in that role this season.
- Calloway, linebacker-cum-tailback-cum-linebacker, saw substantial playing time on special teams and also worked at H-back and tailback last season.
- Eddie Williams was a consensus five-star athlete and top 20 player in the country when he was redshirted following NSD 2012. The expectation would be that he'd play in the secondary, as a big physical safety.
- Tyler Hayes is another kid with tons of potential. As a true freshman at Jack, he played in 12 games and made an instant contribution.
We'll keep you updated through the day.
UPDATE: It gets better....sigh. Via Alabama Rivals
It was the second trip to jail for Williams this week. Tuscaloosa police charged him with carrying a pistol without a license on Sunday. Details about that case will be released soon, a TPD spokesman said Tuesday morning.* * *
According to [UAPD} , two UA students reported that they were robbed by two men on campus.
Both said that they were approached by the men who asked to borrow a cigarette lighter, before striking them in the head, stealing their belongings and leaving in a dark-colored SUV, according to the UAPD.
The first victim said that the robbery took place at 12:35 a.m. in the 800 block of Campus Drive. The second student was robbed at 1:20 a.m. in the 200 block of Seventh Avenue.
Both students told police that one robber had a dark complexion, a slim build and was around 6 feet to six feet, two inches tall. He was wearing a black wind suit and a red, beanie-style hat and possibly had dreadlocks. The second suspect had a medium to dark complexion, a stocky build, was of average height and was wearing blue jeans and a rain coat.
More facts coming in from the arrest warrants. Via @Tnews_Steph
Arrest warrants: DJ Pettway punched student in the head and face and kicked him in the ribs and back before stealing laptop @tuscaloosanews— Stephanie Taylor (@TNews_Steph) February 12, 2013
Williams and Hayes said they also attacked the student, according to the warrants@tuscaloosanews— Stephanie Taylor (@TNews_Steph) February 12, 2013
Eddie Williams told police that he attacked the second victim while Hayes and Pettway stood by. Knocked him unconscious and stole his wallet— Stephanie Taylor (@TNews_Steph) February 12, 2013
Welp, having confessions in hand pretty much wraps this one up, both legally and as a matter of their playing careers. Expect a press release/presser pretty quickly from Football Operations.
Nick Saban on arrested players:“The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information."— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) February 12, 2013
That'll do it, I guess